AQA Head of Research secures Oxford University fellowship

Thursday 15 Dec 2016

Dr Lena Gray, Head of Research for AQA’s Centre for Education Research and Practice (CERP), has been appointed an Honorary Norham Fellow of Oxford University’s Department of Education until 2018.

Dr Gray has been working closely with Professor Jo-Anne Baird from Oxford University on a project called 'Overcoming political and organisational barriers to international practitioner collaboration on national examination standard setting'. The project will run until 31 July 2017, and has recently been approved as one of Oxford University’s Social Sciences Knowledge Exchange Fellowships, funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund.

This fellowship will enable Dr Gray to develop guidelines for specialists working on setting national examination standards. The guidelines will mean that assessment practitioners can be more transparent about the procedures they use and the challenges they face.

Dr Lena Gray said:

"I’m hoping that this research will encourage a wider conversation about best practice in settings standards for exams. Only positive things can come from being clearer about the methods used and the challenges faced in the assessment world – I’m thrilled to have the backing of the University of Oxford for this important research."

The fellowship will be part of the 'Setting and maintaining standards in national examinations' project, which is a collaboration with Ofqual and the UCL Institution of Education.